Police responsible for monitoring and coordinating waste management process - SSP Gunasekara | Daily News


 

Police responsible for monitoring and coordinating waste management process - SSP Gunasekara

Police are responsible for environmental protection and monitoring and coordinating the waste management process carried out by the respective institutions, the Police Media Division said in a statement yesterday, refuting the speculation that the Police officers have been deployed for garbage disposal activities.

Issuing a statement, Head of the Police Media Division SSP Ruwan Gunasekara pointed out that certain groups are trying to mislead society by saying that Police officers are being employed for waste disposal and cleaning activities,

without knowing the Police’s responsibility towards the country’s environmental protection.According to SSP Gunasekara, the Sri Lanka Police has legal provisions as empowered by the National Environmental Act, Penal Code, Police Ordinance and National Pathways Act.

“Thus, the Police is presently carrying out fundamental monitoring and awareness building activities related to environmental protection before implementing the relevant laws,” Gunasekara pointed out.

Accordingly, the Police divisions, units and officers responsible for environmental protection are to monitor and coordinate the waste management process carried out by the respective institutes, such as, Provincial Councils or private companies who have been given contracts to clean the cities.The Police Environmental Units are to identify locations where environmental pollution is high and coordinate with the relevant institutes to prevent such occurrences.

The Police Environmental Divisions together with the Community Police are responsible for carring out awareness programmes on environmental protection island wide.


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